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Homicides fall for first time in five years across UK despite London rise

Image copyright PA Media Image caption More than a third of all homicides in the UK in 2019 were as a result of a fatal stabbing The number of people killed across the UK fell in 2019 for the first time in five years, BBC research suggests. In total,...

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New Year’s Eve: Revellers across the UK usher in 2020

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch how London celebrated the start of 2020 Revellers across the UK have rung in the start of a new decade, with fireworks displays in London, Edinburgh and other major cities. In London, some 12,000 fireworks lit up the capital’s skyline....

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London’s City Hall provides Christmas meals for homeless

Image caption Sadiq Khan helped serve 100 Christmas Dinners to guests at City Hall Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services. Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal. Last year, 8,855...

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Trapstar: How a west London clothing brand went global

In 2008, three school friends from west London started making their own T-shirts and selling them at Portobello Market. Now Trapstar is a global fashion brand, worn by stars like Rhianna, Jay-Z and Stormzy. Trapstar takes its name from Trap music, a subgenre of rap that originated in the...

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Islington man charged with murdering mother in fire

A 35-year-old man has been charged with murdering his mother who was found dead in a fire in north London. The body of Beatrice Yankson, 59, was discovered in a maisonette in Mingard Walk, Islington, on 26 October. A post-mortem examination established the cause of her death was burns...

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Brentford Travelodge: Dozens evacuated from major fire in west London

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe fire is said to have started in a “bin room” next to the Travelodge More than 100 firefighters have been tackling a major blaze at a hotel in west London which has forced dozens of guests and staff to be...

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Ola: Ride-sharing firm to launch in London ‘within weeks’

Image copyright Ola Indian ride-sharing firm Ola has begun signing up drivers in London ahead of plans to launch services in the capital “in the coming weeks”. It comes days after rival Uber was denied a new licence to operate in London after repeated safety failures. Ola, which already...

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Ilford stabbing: Man killed in fight outside flats

Image copyright Google Image caption Police were called to reports of a fight outside Owen Waters House A man has been stabbed to death in a fight in Ilford, east London. Police said they found the 19-year-old suffering from stab injuries after responding to reports of a fight outside...

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Modest fashion: ‘I feel confident and comfortable’

Image copyright Jodie Marriott-Baker / Asha Mohamud Floor-length dresses, wide-leg trousers and oversized jumpers. That’s not our Christmas wish list – we’re talking about modest fashion. If you haven’t heard of the term it’s all about covering up in a way that is still on trend. Dressing modestly but...

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Commercial fungi pickers threaten Epping Forest biodiversity

Image copyright Geograph/Lynda Poulter Image caption Fungi on a rotting tree in Epping Forest A woodland is being stripped of wild mushrooms by pickers selling them off to restaurants and markets, it is claimed. The City of London Corporation (CLC) said commercial foragers had been targeting London’s Epping Forest....

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